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SAD (A), BJP activists clash as Tiranga Yatra enters city
Tribune News Service

Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti bows to the sword which was presented to her by party activists as her Yatra entered Ludhiana
Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti bows to the sword which was presented to her by party activists as her Yatra entered Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Ludhiana, September 24
Three persons were injured when activists of the SAD (Amritsar) allegedly pelted the Tiranga Yatra with stones and bottles as it entered Ludhiana near the Sherpur crossing. The yatra was led by BJP leader Uma Bharti. BJP leaders claimed that two activists were injured in the attack. However, the SAD (A) claimed that one of its workers was injured.

The yatra, which is on its last leg, entered Ludhiana amidst tight security. Besides Ms Bharti, senior BJP leaders, including state BJP president Avinash Rai Khanna and former ministers Ananth Kumar and Shahnawaz Hussain, were accompanying the yatra.

According to the BJP leaders, when the yatra entered the Sherpur chowk, some activists of the SAD (A) waived black flags to it. Some of them allegedly hurled some bottles and stones at the yatra. However, SAD (A) general secretary Charan Singh Lohara denied the charge and alleged that it was the BJP workers in the convoy who hurled bottles at the peaceful protesters of his party. Mr Lohara claimed that his party wanted to mark a symbolic protest only against the yatra as it created fear among minorities.

Mr Lohara regretted that the police did not take appropriate action. He alleged that the BJP workers resorted to “open goondaism” and mercilessly beat up several of their activists. Mr Lohara stated that senior party activist Narinderpal Singh Sidhu of Moga suffered injuries in the eye when the BJP workers manhandled him.

However, the BJP leaders denied these charges and alleged that the SAD (A) workers were working at the behest of the Congress government in the state. They said it was the SAD (A) workers who threw stones on the yatra. The BJP leaders, including Mr Khanna, observed that the SAD (A) workers had not disrupted the yatra, but shown their disrespect to the Tricolour.

The BJP leaders regretted that the police did not intervene and take any preventive action against the “miscreants of the SAD (A)”, who had no reason to disrupt the yatra. The BJP leaders expressed their gratitude to the people of the state in general and Ludhiana in particular for showing so much love and respect for the Tricolour by participating in the yatra in such a huge number.

Meanwhile, activists of the District Youth Congress led by its president, Mr Komal Khanna, staged a protest against the yatra. They burnt an effigy of the BJP leader and alleged that she was exploiting the Tricolour issue for her political gains. A separate faction of the DYC opposed to Mr Khanna also protested against the yatra. The faction had also pasted posters across the city against the yatra.

The AICC Secretary, Mr Manish Tewari, the Parliamentary Secretary, Rana K.P. Singh, and the senior vice-president, Pradesh Youth Congress, Mr Pawan Dewan, criticised Ms Bharti for her attempts to “politicise the issue of national flag”. In a joint statement here today, the Congress leaders observed that Ms Bharti was exploiting the Tricolour for the petty partisan gains.

The Congress leaders warned against giving political colour to the Tricolour. They said the BJP should desist from such mean acts and instead of understand the mood of the people across the country. They pointed out that the BJP was not prepared to reconcile with the reality of having lost the power.



GNEC Principal suspended 
College to reopen on Monday
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

SGPC President Jagir Kaur talks to GNDEC students in Ludhiana on Friday
SGPC President Jagir Kaur talks to GNDEC students in Ludhiana on Friday.  — A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, September 18
Giving in to the adamant stand taken by striking students of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College here, newly elected SGPC President Jagir Kaur today suspended Principal R.P. Singh and also ordered the execution of the suspension orders for Prof J.N. Jha with immediate effect.

A three-member committee constituted to look into the circumstances leading to the strike has already submitted its report.

Bibi Jagir Kaur visited the college this evening and met with students who have been on an indefinite fast, demanding the sack of the Principal and the teacher who had allegedly slapped a final-year student.

Initially, she urged them to suspend the agitation, saying she was yet to go through the inquiry report. But the students refused to end the strike. She then offered to ask the Principal to go on leave till the matter was resolved and to get the suspension of Prof Jha executed, but this too failed to pacify the students. They said they would call off the strike only after their demands were met.

While she was interacting with mediapersons outside the main gate, the students rushed to the main road and blocked the traffic. They then started raising slogans against her and some of them even tore off their clothes. Sensing that the situation could take a serious turn, she pacified the students and ordered the suspension of the Principal on the spot.

Following this, the students thanked her and assured her that they would attend classes from Monday. They appreciated her for taking a “bold stand” and also raised slogans in her favour.

On the other hand, Principal R.P. Singh said he had been brought here by the late Gurcharan Singh Tohra from the engineering college at Ferozepore for reviving the institution. Ever since Mr Tohra’s death, certain forces had been working for his ouster and he had been a victim of SGPC politics, he added.

Prof N.D. Sharma, president of the GNEC Teachers Association, who have been on strike demanding the cancellation of the suspension orders of their colleague, said they would deliberate on the order of the SGPC chief on Monday.

Earlier, acting SGPC chief Alwinderpal Singh Pakhoke had suspended Prof Jha for slapping Akaljot Singh, a third-year student. The order stated that the latter was pushed into the computer room by the teacher and slapped, because of which his turban came off. The order also mentioned that the suspended teacher violated Sikh tenets by smoking and chewing gutkha on the college campus.

The Principal’s not being able to handle the situation properly had also been examined by a three-member committee comprising SGPC members Gurmel Singh Sangowal, Harsurinder Singh Gill and Sukhvinder Singh Jhabal.

A clash between some students and a teacher had started a row on September 14, leading to a complete paralysis of teaching work. The college management had ordered the closure of the institute for an indefinite period and all hostels were got vacated.

The institution is run by the Nankana Sahib Educational Trust, of which the SGPC chief is the Chairperson.



31 years ago he robbed Rs 10, caught now
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Thirty-one years ago, Nirmal Singh, then a resident of Dashmesh Nagar here, had along with two others allegedly robbed a telephone exchange employee of Rs 10 and managed to elude arrest in the case till now.

The amount may not seem much today, but the charge stands against him till date, and he may have to pay for it now. At least that is what the proclaimed offender (PO) nabbing staff of the city police is trying to do. The offender, who succeeded in hoodwinking the police for over three decades, was virtually brought out of obscurity and is behind bars now.

Nirmal Singh not only led a normal life all these years but also went on to get married and have three children, a son and two daughters. When a police team headed by Sub-Inspector Naveen Kumar, in charge of the PO nabbing staff, swooped down on him at his house in Jasdev Nagar under Division No. 6 here, more than Nirmal Singh, his three children were shocked.

Mr Naveen Kumar told Ludhiana Tribune that Nirmal's father, Surjit Singh, knew about his past and had admitted to the crime. However, the children were stupefied at discovering their father's past. His son and elder daughter are married while the youngest daughter is studying in Class 12.

Nirmal Singh is working as an ironsmith in a local factory. He was allegedly involved in a murder case also in the early 1970s. He had turned approver in the case and was acquitted. However, he and his accomplices were booked at the time in a robbery case also, which has got him into trouble now.



CM apprised of civic problems

Sahnewal, September 24
A deputation from this town has met Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and PWD Minister Partap Singh Bajwa to draw their attention to the problems of the area. Capt Sukhjit Hara (retd), president of the block Congress, Ludhiana-I, along with Mr Shamsher Kaila, former council president, Mr Sohan Lal, Mr Kuldip Singh, Mr Vaid Bhatia, councillors, and sarpanches of various villages, including Mr Avtar Singh Nichi Mangali, Mr Pushpinder Singh, Pawa Khagat, Mr Jagmohan Singh Majara, Mr Satinder Ramgarh, Mr Sarabjit Singh Kohara and Mr Paramjit Singh Kanech, met the Chief Minister in Chandigarh.

They brought to his notice problems confronting the residents of Sahnewal, including broken roads, poor sanitation and the lack of drinking water. They said the main road in the town was beyond repair and needed to be reconstructed.

They said serious diseases could break out with heaps of garbage lying uncleared in localities and the lack of sewerage pipes.

The delegation claimed it had been assured that the problems would be dealt with on priority.



Farmers block rail track

Ludhiana, September 24
Activists of three farmer unions, Zamhoori Kissan Union Punjab, Kirti Kissan Union and Bharti Kissan Union (Ekta), Sidhpur, blocked the rail track for three hours as part of a statewide agitation to urge the government to accept their long pending demands.

Addressing the protesting farmers at the local railway station leaders of the three unions alleged that the government had played a joke with the farmers of the state. "With steep rise in the prices of inputs agriculture has already become a non-profit profession," said Mr Baldev Singh Latala, state committee member of the Zamhoori Kissan Union. He demanded that the base price of the agricultural produce should be linked with the dearness allowance.

Mr Mohinder Singh criticised the PSEB authorities for allegedly harassing farmers while issuing the power connections. The leaders urged the state government to start the purchase of paddy with immediate effect so that the alleged exploitation of farmers was stopped.

Mr Jagjit Singh Ber Kalan, Sucha Singh Chaminda, Dulla Singh, Amrik Singh Jartoli, and Paramjit Singh Gunghrana (all regional union leaders) spoke on the occasion. 



Police-public meeting held
Our Correspondent

A police-public meeting was held by the Arhtiya Association in old grain market, Jagraon, today. While speaking on the occasion the SSP, Mr Rajiv Ahir, said public cooperation can help the police to tackle public problems and crime more effectively.

The police public meeting, which was addressed by Mr Vijay Jhanji, president Arhtiya Association, Amrit Lal, president, Beopar Mandal, Mapinder Jain, president Cloth Merchants Association, Vijay Bansal, Advocate, Mr Naresh Verma, Mr Darshan Brar former minister, Punjab, Mr Madanlal, Raj Kumar Bhalla and apprised the gathering and the head of police district Jagraon about various problems relating to the traffic on Raikot Road and Lajpat Rai Road and the delay caused in investigations in crime cases in spite of the orders of the SSP to complete investigations within the specified time. Mr Jarnail Singh Dhaliwal, SP(HQ), and Mr Gurmail Singh, DSP, Gurminder Singh SHO, City police station, were also present on the occasion.

Mr Ahir said people had a major role in checking crime and they should help the police in this regard. He said 70 per cent of all cases registered were found to be wrong so it was very important for the police to investigate the complaint thoroughly before the registration of the case.



Meeting at Khamano
Our Correspondent

Khamano, September 24
A police-public meeting was held at Khamano Khurd village under the chairmanship of the DSP, Mr Balwant Singh Khamano. Residents of the village expressed their grievances.

The DSP appealed to the people to start “thikri pehras” and to inform the police about the activities of suspicious persons. Some villagers informed the DSP that prostitution is on the rise in the village.

The SHO, Khamano, Mr Ajaypal Singh, Mr Dalvir Singh, Mr Kawaljit Singh Bhullar and Mr Mohinder Singh also spoke on the occasion.



Six of family drugged, looted
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Six members of a transporter's family were drugged and looted by a Nepalese servant in Block-R, Model Town, last night. The suspect seemed to have mixed some unidentified drug in food as the victims were left seriously ill after consuming it.

Mr Randhir Singh, a transporter, his mother Ramninder Kaur, wife Hardeep Kaur, brothers Paramvir Singh and Dharminder Singh and sister-in-law Gurpreet Kaur were under treatment at Deep Hospital and Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital. Their condition was improving, according to doctors.

The victims were found unconscious in various rooms of the house by a neighbour, Rohit, in whose house the transporter used to park one of his cars. However, this morning he did not come for his car, as was the routine. Rohit visited his house in this connection.

The servant, identified as Bahadur, had absconded allegedly with cash and jewellery worth lakhs. The family had employed him only a few days ago. An acquaintance had introduced the servant to the family and they had no knowledge about his background. They had not supplied information about the servant to the police, made mandatory recently by the District Magistrate.

“We are trying to find clues about the servant, but are virtually groping in the dark as the family was negligent while employing him,’’ said DSP Ravcharan Singh Brar. He said while the police had sympathy for the family, they might be booked for violating the orders of the District Magistrate. The servant had been given a separate room in the house.

The SHO, Model Town, Sub-Inspector Rajesh Kumar, said a case of theft had been registered. He said the servant knew where the cash and jewellery were kept. He searched only one room and concentrated more on the cupboard. The room was found ransacked.

The exact loss would be known only after the victims gained complete consciousness.

Relatives and friends of the family were avoiding the media. They refused to talk to mediapersons who visited the hospitals. Photographers were also not allowed to take pictures.

DSP Brar said blood samples of the victims had been sent for chemical examination. While all clues suggested it was a case of theft, the police was also probing other angles, including a plot to kill the entire family, he added.



4 booked for murder bid
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 24
The Civil Lines police registered a case of attempt to murder against four persons yesterday. The four persons barged into a clinic in Ghumar Mandi yesterday afternoon and attacked Rinku Kumar with a knife.

Rinku, an employee at the clinic, said three assailants entered the clinic while their fourth accomplice stood outside. They pointed a pistol at him and started thrashing him. When he tried to resist them , one of them stabbed him with a knife with the intention of killing him. When he cried for help, the accused fled from the scene leaving behind the pistol, added the complainant. The police said today that a case under Sections 457, 307 and 34 of the IPC and various sections of the Arms Act has been registered but no arrest has been made so far.

One killed: The Focal Point police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC on the statement of Ms Garajikanti, a housewife living in Ram Lal Da Vehra at Giaspura, against an unidentified driver whose vehicle hit an unidentified person outside the Oswal Mill on the GT Road. The injured person was rushed to the Cancer Hospital where he breathed his last, added the complainant.

Minor raped: On the statement of Mr Sunil Kumar, a Bihari migrant living in street number 4 of New Ram Nagar on the Sua Road in Giaspura, the Focal Point police yesterday registered a case under Section 376 of the IPC against an unidentified person who raped his six-year-old daughter on Wednesday night and escaped later. The minor has been admitted to the Civil Hospital.

Assault: The Jodhewal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 342, 341, 323, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC against Chaman Lal, Lakhi, Mewa Ram, Nehru Ram, Harbans Lal and Paramjit Kaur on the statement of Mr Mani Bhushan Tiwari, a resident of Bajrha Colony. The complainant had stated to the police that the accused had intercepted him on the road in front of a dyeing unit and beaten him up on Wednesday. H e said the accused had also threatened him before going away. No arrest has been made so far in this regard.

Theft: The Division Number 4 police yesterday registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Vinay Jain, who runs a shop in Purana Bazar, against an unknown person who stole his motor cycle from in front of his shop sometime between 4 pm and 5 pm on September 11.



Private godown looted
Our Correspondent

Doraha, September 24
A godown of Vijay Sugar Company of Doraha was looted near Kaddon village this morning. According to the watchman, Bhinder Singh, on whose statement a case has been registered at Payal police station, four or five persons climbed the 15-foot-high wall of the godown with the help of ladders after tying him with a rope and opened the main gate from inside. They brought a truck and loaded it with tins of oil and packets of tea bags and drove away.

A similar theft took place yesterday at a Markfed godown in Gurditpura. 



1 killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, September 24
Ganga Parsad of Bihar,a resident of Pawa Khagat village, was killed in a car mishap.He was crushed under a Maruti car (PB-65-13-9538) last night. He was returning from the Vallabh steel factory at Sahnewal .

He was taken to Civil Hospital at Sahnewal and later to Arora Hospital at Ludhiana, where he breathed his last. A case under Sections 279 and 304-F of the IPC was registered.



Industrialists get training
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
The world was not the same for Manpreet Dhami and her family when her father’s industrial unit was declared sick. Her father had started a jean manufacturing unit with a friend .Within a few months the performance level fell to the extent that he had to shut the unit .

The reason for failure was“Lack of professional expertise,” says Manpreet. And that was the reason why she did not let go the opportunity to attend an entrepreneurship development programme in fashion designing and merchandising. Today she is far more confident and aims at reviving her father’s business.

For Amritsar-based businessman Sharanjit Singh things were a bit too complicated with “lots of documents and formalities” that he was required to complete for exporting his goods.

But now, having received professional training in all aspects, including merchandising, of his business Sharanjit is comfortable. “We had to face unnecessary harassment due to improper documentation. Even our goods were held by customs . But after attending this programme I learnt all about fashion designing, latest technologies, government schemes and merchandising and am sure will be able to conduct efficiently,” he says.

These and 28 other students, who attended the recently concluded one-month Entrepreneurship Development Programme in Fashion Designing and Merchandising, conducted by Small Industries and Service Institute, strongly feel that professional training is a must to conduct business.

“With increase in competition and entry of multinationals now it is must for every businessman to conduct his operations according to international standards. One should know not only about quality norms, but also avail of benefits that the government is providing ,” feels Sharanjit.



Bank deposits rise
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Deposits in the banks from the district have registered an increase of Rs 605 crore at Rs 11,239 crore at the end of June 2004 from Rs 10,634 crore in March 2004. This was disclosed by Mr Jeet Singh, lead district manager, Punjab and Sind Bank, at the district level review committee meeting organised to review the progress of the Annual Credit Plan 2004-05 for the quarter ending June 2004 at the Bachat Bhavan here today.

The meeting was presided over by Mr Sumer Singh Gurjar, Additional Deputy Commissioner (D). Mr Gurjar asked banks to release subsidies to all beneficiaries under sponsored schemes like Swarn Jyanti, self-employment etc. and expressed satisfaction over achieving quarterly targets.

Addressing the meeting, the ADC exhorted the bankers to extend all help to beneficiaries in completing formalities and to expedite their cases.

Appreciating the role of the banks, Mr Makhan Singh, chief manager, Punjab and Sind Bank, Ludhiana, said the banks in Ludhiana had released loans to the tune of Rs 368 crore against the target of Rs 314 crore towards agriculture and allied activities. In case of small scale industries, however, the banks could collect only Rs 147 crore deposits against the set target of Rs 162 crore, he said.

Mr Jeet Singh, lead district manager, stressed the need to conduct awareness camps and seminars at village level to educate farmers regarding various schemes being offered by the banks. He informed that targets of the district under all government schemes had been achieved. The cash deposit ratio of the district stood at 93 per cent, which was more than the Punjab state credit deposit ratio of only 45.9 per cent, he added .

Mr R.P. Jain, assistant general manager, RBI, called upon the banks to achieve the target of 5 per cent of the net credit to women beneficiaries to ensure proper classification relating to advances.

Among others who attended the meeting were Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, MLA, Mr Gurmeet Singh, manager, Lead Bank Office, Ludhiana, and Mr Harmesh Kumar, deputy district manager, NABARD.



Industry exhibitions 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Mr Rana K.P. Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Industries, Commerce and Transport, Punjab, inaugurated the Chem Pharma Expo 2004 and the PWIPES Expo 2004 here today.

Speaking at the inauguration function, Mr K.P. Singh said such exhibitions would go a long way in helping the local industry become globally competitive, which was the need of the hour.

He appreciated the fact that many multinational companies had also participated in the exhibitions. Dr Harish Arora, CEO, Paramount Exhibitors, spoke. Among the participating companies are Thermax, Anest Iwata Motherson.



Biz Clips
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana,September 24
Lauched: LG Electronics announced the launch of its new range of Sense-i refrigerators on Friday. The new range comes with a premium in-box finish body and features like a memory back-up function to enhance cooling, electronic control panel programmed with super cool, energy save and child lock features, according to a company press note. These will also have a bacteria-free zone, a power deodoriser, ice beam door cooling and a cell fresh crisper.TNS

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Bicycle and Sewing Machine R&D Centre Officers Welfare Association: president-Mr A.K. Ahluwalia; general secretary-Mr Major Singh; vice-president-Mr Tejinder Singh; joint secretary-Mr Y.A.Khan; and cashier-Mr Ramesh Kumar. TNS

Yellow pages: GETIT Infomediary Ltd on Friday released the first edition of 2004-05 Ludhiana GETIT Yellow Pages and Corporate Pages. The company plans to bring out its yellow pages annually in city, informed Mr K. Balasubramanian, general manager, marketing, GETIT, while addressing a press conference here. TNS


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